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Certificate in Chaplaincy Studies

Is this for you?

The Certificate in Chaplaincy Studies* (CCS) course is designed for anyone working in any area of chaplaincy, or those interested in developing their knowledge and skills in the context of Chaplaincy and Ministry. The course includes a basic foundation in key areas of Catholic theology and approaches to Pastoral Care based on this foundation. Students undertake two modules, prior to selecting a module specifically designed to support their skills in the particular area of Chaplaincy in which they are interested.

*The new CCS course updates and replaces the Certificate in Catholic Healthcare Chaplaincy programme.

How long is the programme?

This is a 1 year, 3 module programme.

Programme information (content & structure)

This course draws from the Old and New Testament, together with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other relevant documents of Holy See as key reference texts, offering a balance of theology, spirituality, and chaplaincy insights. It provides development in communication, understanding the environment and the context of relationships in terms of the students current (or anticipated) role. Three modules are studied over 12 months and students will be provided with course materials and a workbook for each module. Once complete, the workbook is marked and assessed. Students completing the course will receiving a Certificate of Completion, with their grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Part I
  • Pastoral Care 1
  • Pastoral Care 2
Part II (students choose 1 option)
  • Understanding the Hospital Environment
  • Understanding the Prison Environment
  • Understanding the Police Force*
  • Understanding the Armed Forces*

*Modules start January 2022


Assessment is undertaken in the form of a workbook (completed as part of the course study). This includes a range of activities, reading and reflexion, with a final assignment.

Learning methods and student support

The course is carefully designed to give you a high level of support so that, even though you are at a distance, help is always at hand. Support is provided through:

  • Live lectures for each module, available to students after the lecture to rewatch
  • Modular group tutorials prior to the final workbook submission date
  • Course materials, which are written as ‘tutorials in print’
  • Additional provision, guidance and information on Moodle
  • Guidance on written work from academic tutors
  • Opportunities for 1-2-1 tutorials for students throughout the course
  • Access to monthly tutorials for all Centre students, where there is opportunity for prayer together as well as additional input from seminars and discussions with other students and staff
  • Access to the Maryvale Institute research library throughout the period of your studies
  • Student handbook and Course handbook

The course uses a variety of learning approaches, including lectures, coursebooks, workbooks, quizzes, tutorials and study sessions to enable every student to complete their course.

Course Fees

The level of course fees payable depends on whether you are a UK/EU or a non-EU student. Please ensure that you refer to the appropriate section on the course fees page.

How do I apply?

Please contact the Course Director for further information:


If you have a disability or any long-term condition that impacts on your day-to-day life, please download the Accessibility Form, open and edit it in Acrobat Reader, and email or post the completed document to the Accessibility Coordinator (address included on the form), to ensure we can give you the best possible support during your course of study. Disclosing a disability will not be a factor in Institute’s decision as to whether or not to offer you a place on the course. However, it is important that the Institute knows if you have any specialist needs in order to provide you with appropriate support and facilities. This information will remain strictly confidential. For further information, please contact the Accessibility Coordinator by using the contact button below:

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